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U.P. speed limits jump to 65 mph

ESCANABA — Several well-traveled highways across the Upper Peninsula including Delta and Schoolcraft counties will have their speed limits raised to 65 miles per hour according to the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police. A law signed in January tasked the two ...

U.P. rivers treated to for lampreys

ESCANABA — Staff members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Marquette Biological Station will be applying lampricides to several local rivers and creeks in the near future, Supervisory Fish Biologist for the Marquette Biological Station Lori Criger said. “Actually, we’ll be working ...

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Local choir director and vocal teacher Ann Wood, left, receives the Upper Peninsula Choral Leadership Award from Marquette Choral Society President Bruce Larson at a concert in Marquette last Sunday.

Local choir director receives award

ESCANABA — A local choral and choir director has recently received a prestigious award within the choir community. Escanaba resident Ann Wood, who has been teaching or directing music in the local area for 38 years, was awarded the Upper Peninsula Choral Leadership Award during a ...

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, unseen, adjacent to the Security Council at United Nations headquarters, Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Seoul: N. Korea fails in ­missile test-fire near its capital

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the second such test-fire flop in recent weeks but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby ...

Anti-abortion leader named to high post at HHS

NEW YORK (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest, who actively supported Trump in his campaign, will serve as assistant ...

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Players production premieres tonight

Jordan Beck | Daily Press During a dress rehearsal for the Players de Noc production of “Miracle on South Division Street” Thursday, Ed Lantagne, left, Nicole Rossell, center, and Kelly Smith play the roles of “Jimmy,” “Ruth,” and “Clara,” respectively. Performances of the ...

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Parents of a 3-year-old girl who was found lying naked shivering in a ditch in Rapid River on St. Patrick’s Day, appeared in Delta County Probate Court for a hearing Thursday. Pictured above are the child’s mother, Tammy Fryer, at left, and the father, Michael Lavoie, at right. LaVoie’s attorney, Katherine Clark, is behind Fryer.

Evidence presented in neglect case

ESCANABA — The court-appointed guardian of a 3-year-old found lying naked in a ditch in Rapid River on St. Patrick’s Day, presented more evidence in court Thursday on the former living conditions and health of the girl and her sister, who remain under foster care. Local attorney Jayne ...

Marketplace construction resumes on Monday

ESCANABA — Work is scheduled to resume Monday on construction of the Escanaba marketplace complex, which is slated to be completed by July 1, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was informed at its regular meeting Thursday. The general contractor, Industrial Maintenance Services Inc. ...

Fees waived for pet adoptions Saturday

ESCANABA — For the second year, the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba has been chosen to be a part of the BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters event. Empty the Shelters is a free adoption day for shelters across Michigan, as the adoption fees during that day are sponsored by the ...

State House votes to change charity gambling rules

LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers moved Thursday to change regulations in the charitable gambling industry, their latest attempt to ease a state crackdown that charities say has restricted their fundraising. The legislation, approved 100-9 by the House, relates to “millionaire parties” ...

Speeds change on state highways

LANSING (AP) — State officials announced Wednesday that drivers will soon be allowed to go 75 mph on 600 miles of Michigan freeways, including major corridors connecting the state's northern and southern regions. The first freeways affected are Interstate 75 between Bay City and Sault Ste. ...

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Former ­local sheriff is remembered

ESCANABA — A celebration of the life of John J. Robitaille, 85, of Escanaba — a law enforcement icon in Delta County who passed away on Saturday — takes place this afternoon in Escanaba. In 1980, Robitaille retired from the Escanaba police department where he served as a patrolman and ...

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Esky woman enters plea to ­forging checks

By Jenny Lancour jlancour@dailypress.net ESCANABA — A 28-year-old Escanaba woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to forging checks belonging to a victim who, along with her brother, lost more than a half million dollars due to forgery and embezzlement crimes committed by five people. Kayla Ann ...

Take a Vet Fishing event returns to Gladstone

GLADSTONE — Local veterans will have an opportunity to learn about and register for Take a Vet Fishing this weekend. An informational event focusing on Take a Vet Fishing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 71 in Gladstone. Gladstone’s second annual Take a ...

Group seeks shutdown of Mackinac pipeline

LANSING (AP) — A group that wants to shut down twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac is taking steps to propose a ballot initiative to voters in 2018. The Board of State Canvassers on Wednesday approved the form of a petition submitted by Keep Our Lakes Great, a ballot ...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, joined by National Economic Director Gary Cohn, speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. President Donald Trump is proposing dramatically reducing the taxes paid by corporations big and small in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Congress to do lifting on tax plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress, while ignoring years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul Ryan. The one-page proposal outlined by the Trump ...

Trump: US won’t leave NAFTA… for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all." Trump tweeted early ...